Solar Flux HD Review

Solar Flux HD Review

Collect plasma in your spaceship and fix failing stars

Solar Flux HD is an impressive physics-style game in which objects move in a semi-realistic way. The game takes place in outer space and the story is that the stars are dying. You control a small spaceship and must collect plasma balls, firing them into the stars in order to regenerate them.

Your ship moves a bit like the one from the classic Asteroids game and you can fire your rocket in any direction. It takes time to accelerate, decelerate and change direction because of the ship’s momentum. Plasma balls are scattered around the screen and you run in to them to collect them. Tap a star and the plasma ball is ejected into it.

It sounds simple, but it’s not. On one level for example, you fly through an asteroid field picking up plasma balls until you reach a planet. The planet’s gravity pulls you into orbit and ejecting the plasma into the nearby star causes a wave. This knocks you out of orbit through a narrow gap in another asteroid belt where there are more plasma balls. Just as NASA uses the gravity of planets and moons to slingshot spacecrafts out into the solar system, you use them in the same way. Some plasma balls are close to stars and your shields start to burn away, so you can’t afford to go slowly or the ship blows up.

As with other physics games, there are numerous levels to complete and they are very cleverly designed. They seem impossible at first, but they can be mastered with the right technique. This is an entertaining game with great graphics and fiendishly difficult puzzles. If you are looking for a new challenge then give this a try.

Rated 4 out of 5

If you like physics-based puzzle games you will love this space-themed one. It’s very addictive.